Peace River Regional District Issues Evacuation Alert for area near Williston Lake

Prince George Fire Centre has issued an extreme fire warning due to the fire activity from the Forres Mountain Fire. It is expected that this fire will continue to burn and spread in size due to its aggressive nature. Forres Mountain is located in a portion of Electoral Area B near the Tsay Keh Dene First Nations area.

Because of the potential danger to life and health, the Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert for rural residents in the area west of Williston Lake and west of Finlay River, to Ingenika Arm, west following Ingenika River, north to Tucha Lake and northeast to where Akie River meets the Finlay River. Please see attached map.

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The Forres Mountain Fire was first discovered on Monday and has grown to 5,000 hectares in size.  The fire was caused by lightning.  This fire is currently a modified response fire. This means that the fire will be actively monitored but not actively suppressed. If the situation changes then limited action may occur on the fire. 

An Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary.

Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. Please stay tuned to local media channels for information. Residents who have any concerns for their safety or the safety of their neighbors should call the Regional District 24hrs a day at 250 784-3200.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT

Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by:

 Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.

Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc). Have these items readily available for quick departure.

Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.

Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.

Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 250 784-3200

Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.

Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.

Further information will be issued as it arrives. For more information contact: The Peace River Regional District at 250 784-3200.

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